Office plans include premium versions of these applications plus other services that are enabled over the Internet, including online storage with OneDrive and Skype minutes for home use.
Office plans are available as a monthly or annual subscription. Learn more. How do I know if my computer can run Office ? See system requirements for compatible versions of Windows and macOS, and for other feature requirements.
However, Internet access is required to install and activate all the latest releases of Office suites and all Office subscription plans. For Office plans, Internet access is also needed to manage your subscription account, for example to install Office on other PCs or to change billing options. Internet access is also required to access documents stored on OneDrive, unless you install the OneDrive desktop app. You should also connect to the Internet regularly to keep your version of Office up to date and benefit from automatic upgrades.
To reactivate your Office applications, reconnect to the Internet. Will I still have control of my documents with Office ?
Documents that you have created belong fully to you. If you cancel your subscription or it expires, you can still access and download all your files by signing in to OneDrive directly using the Microsoft account you used to set up Office You do lose the additional storage that comes with your subscription, so you must save your files elsewhere or buy more OneDrive storage if your OneDrive account exceeds the free storage quota.
When would my subscription start? If you purchase an auto-renew subscription, your subscription starts when you complete your purchase. You can purchase auto-renew subscriptions from Office If you purchase a pre-paid subscription, your subscription starts when you activate your subscription and land on your My Account page.
You can purchase pre-paid subscriptions from a retailer or reseller, or a Microsoft support agent. How do I share Office with the rest of my household? If you have an active Office Home subscription, you can share it with up to four members of your household. To add someone to your subscription, visit www. Each person you add will receive an email with the steps they need to follow.
Once they have accepted and completed the steps, their information, including the installs they are using, will appear on your My Account page. You can stop sharing your subscription with someone or remove a device they are using at www.
When you use cloud-based services, your IT infrastructure resides off your property off-premises , and is maintained by a third party hosted , instead of residing on a server at your home or business on-premises that you maintain.
With Office , for example, information storage, computation, and software are located and managed remotely on servers owned by Microsoft. Many services you use every day are a part of the cloud—everything from web-based email to mobile banking and online photo storage. Microsoft Office resources.
Microsoft Office is a worthy upgrade for businesses and individual users who need professional-level productivity apps, but it will take some time to get acclimated with the reworked interface. Users looking for bare-bones, dead-simple office software should stick with Google's and other online offerings or continue using older Office versions they have already mastered. The world has changed plenty since Microsoft introduced Office In that time, Google has become a major player, with its suite of online tools, and even Apple has made inroads with its iWork office suite, though admittedly within a smaller set of computer users. Even with the vast user base of Microsoft Office products, with new competitors in the market, Microsoft Office needed to be good. Playing catch-up and looking forward simultaneously, Microsoft tries, in Office , to remain or become the central hub of your working life, letting you use your PC, smartphone, and the Web to make your projects come together more efficiently.